I don’t write about gaming on here very often, but I’m going to make an exception just now to write about Flower. Flower is/was one of my favourite games of the last generation, and indeed, ever. I remember everything about the first night I played it and more importantly I remember how it made me feel. Truth is, I always meant to write about Flower, but for whatever reason, I just never got round to it. Replaying it recently on PS4 has made me want to correct that and brought the aforementioned feelings sharply back into focus.
There’s something about Flower that makes me feel like a kid running a thousand miles an hour through an idyllic open space that’s free from anything and everything bad, and that connection is one of sheer wonder for me. I remember feeling that as a kid, at that age your imagination is unlimited, and therefore so is the speed you can run at. Flower’s flow and sense of speed makes you feel like you’re running so fast that you could take off at any moment, like you’ve stopped being that kid and suddenly became the wind, free to soar through this painfully beautiful landscape, restoring colour and life to it. That was something very powerful, feeling like it was me who was restoring those things, as if those things had resided within me all along.
On the opposite side of that, Flower allows for you to slow things down for truly beautiful moments of reflection and those are equally filled with wonder. Letting the petals you’ve amassed shoot up into the sky and then slowly fall back to earth as the phenomenally beautiful musical score lulls you into some kind of ethereal dreamscape is, well, it’s just fucking lovely.
If you go into Flower with an open mind and an open heart, Flower will reward you in so many ways. I hope it does the same for you as it did for me. I’ve shed many tears to this game, and I’m very glad I’m the type of person who allows himself to be moved by a work of art like this, because make no mistake about it, that’s exactly what Flower is and I’ll never forget it and the things it gave me.